Puppy Plan

portrait photo of an adult black pug

Remember that EVERY time you interact with your puppy it is learning something. This means that
training is ongoing 24/7. It is therefore important to have a plan in place that everyone in the house
can implement and stick to.

Your new puppy cannot be “naughty”. They are still very inquisitive and have not yet learned the
rules. It is important that you DO NOT shout at, hit, slap, your puppy. You should also try not to
interact with your puppy with frustration (we know, it can be frustrating), annoyance, irritation or
aggression. As your puppy grows they will expect and need a calm leader to help them feel safe in
our crazy world.

The first thing to look at is how your puppy is BEING, not what they are doing. This will continue
throughout their life, as does most training. The result of this is a dog that is at peace with
themselves and with the world. A dog that is calm around people, children, other dogs and animals
and that you can take anywhere is a real joy. A dog that barks and lunges at everything severley
cramps your style.

We will work on the following behaviours first:

Giving space

Being respectful of personal space is very important to dogs. This means that the dog cannot
enter our space without invitation. But this works both ways and it is important to respect the dog’s
space, eg, if they are on their bed or eating.

Jumping up

This is not only annoying but also disrepectful. If you have a large dog it can also be
dangerous if it’s a small child or elderly person they jump on. Jumping up should not be allowed at
any time.

Nipping and biting

Your puppy invistigates the world with their mouth and so chewing and nibbling is a natural
process for them to go through. Again if you have small children and a large dog even an innocent
little nip can cause injury. We need to teach bite inhibition while they are young and have little teeth
that can’t do too much damage.

Toilet training

Vigillance, patience, routine, consistency and a bit more patience. Confinement to a smaller
area or even crate can help.

Food Manners

Learning to give space around food prevents food aggression, stealing and begging.

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